Christians interpret parables through mediums of artwork

The John Brown University art department will reveal the art gallery “Picturing the Parables” this evening.

This collection, put together through Christians in the Visual Arts, represents a variety of artists and mediums including traditional painting and color pencil. It will remain at the University until the end of the semester.

The works depict the artists’ interpretations of biblical parables.

Charles Peer, professor of visual arts, places an emphasis on the word “interpretations.”

“Parables are so open to interpretation,” said Peer. “They don’t give you the facts. These visual artists are doing the same thing. They give us visual insights that really dig deep for truth.”

“This is more than an opportunity to see beautiful work,” he added. “It’s an opportunity to study and hear what resonates with the artist and see if it does the same to you as well.”

Though the gallery focuses on the Jesus’ parables, there is no exact target market. Peer thinks that the “fresh, contemporary feel” to the pieces will especially reach out to younger audiences.

Students are already getting excited for the exhibit.

Becca Masters, a senior digital arts major, enjoys going to the different art galleries on campus.

“It is good to see a lot of excellent art work and be with friends,” she said. “It’s like an art building party with great food.”

Masters is particularly anticipating this gallery, though, because she wants to learn more about familiar parables through a new medium. The artists, their styles and medium choices will all communicate something different and original.

Art majors are not the only ones excited for the coming art exhibit.

Chase Sloan, a junior majoring in family and human services, said he “usually doesn’t go to the art events on campus, but this time is different.”

Sloan wants to experience the biblical piecework because it gives him inspiration for personal creativity.

The pieces Sloan particularly wants to see are the Parable of the Sower, because he personally connects with the storyline, and the Parable of the Lost Son, because he wants to see “what real artists can do” to convey the emotions of the return of the prodigal son to his family.

The opening reception will begin at 6 p.m. and last an hour and a half.

For more information, contact Jeannie Abbot at or contact the visual arts office at 479-524-8561.